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Coarse Jocosity Catches the Crowd

This is fascinating, the use of rhyme to rediscover crude puns in Shakespeare:


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Apr. 25th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks--that was wonderful.
Apr. 25th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Like so many brilliant things, it's so obvious, but I never even considered it once until seeing this video.

But I've heard that only three hundred years ago, the "standard" American accent was like Boston, and the "standard" British accent was similar to midwestern American. This OP accent is similar to something I'd associate with Somerset or Bristol, though I doubt anyone from there would agree.
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
I used to wonder about it when reading Jacobean poetry from the greats, and wondering why the rhymes were off sometimes.

Re accents, we can hear the American 'standard' shifting if you watch early films and hear the east coast accents.
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Very much so around my extended family region. So many people have moved to Georgia, either expanding Atlanta or gentrifying the mountains that "Southern" is in danger of becoming genericized as well. I used to say there is a 1:1 relationship between the state of Georgia and where in the throat you pronounce things. From the nose? up near Tennesse. Right in the middle of the mouth? (as if cupping water on your tongue): Atlanta and Rome. Down in the jowls? Plains and Savannah.

Now it's getting a little murky. I blame country music as well.
Apr. 25th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
I recall "The Story of English" talking about this, back in the mid-eighties - is the fact that Shakespeare and his contemporaries had different accents from Lawrence olivier just one of those things that get rediscovered every few decades? (ends 'what do they teach them in these schools?' rant)
Apr. 26th, 2012 09:53 am (UTC)
Ha! Not surprised. It's like the saying "the future is here, it's just not evenly distributed." In this case, it's the past!
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